Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mad Max and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - must be the start of a new season of gaming

If you are even a casual follower of the video game industry then you know that the Triple A producers of these games like to spew them out around September to November of this year. This year the season kicked off a week early with some older revived titles: Dishonored's Definitive Edition for the current gen consoles, and Gears of War Remastered for Xbox One. I've played Gears of War to death and will only comment that if you like Gears, the new version is worth a new playthrough.

But officially the season kicked off this Tuesday, September 1st....or a bit early if you voted high confidence and pre-ordered. Specifically: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max. Both are worth the time and attention if you're into these sorts of games. I started Phantom Pain first, and....well....two hours later I was through the preview and riding in Afghanistan. Amazing lead-in, can't wait to see how the game develops. If you've played the prequel, Ground Zeroes (and if you haven't, you should) it's like that in spades.

Meanwhile, Mad Max got some attention on release night too before the need to sleep forced me to lock it all down. Let's just say that it's about time someone made a game like this, and kudos to them for giving us enough time to play it before Fallout 4 shows up and makes us forget other games exist. So far it's a little bit like Fallout meets Shadows of Mordor and GTAV....and those three flavors go well together. It does not follow the plot of the movie and is it's own tale of Max....complete with vast, open world to drive in. I'll report more as I explore.

TL;DR: if I don't post as much for a few days you will know why!

If you can only get one, right now based on the first couple hours alone I have to say Metal Gear Solid V. But they're close. Very close.

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